Do self-drive tour Crete. Stay in Matala with its seaside charm and hippie history. Explore a region with tantalizing treasures and characteristic villages in a landscape of rolling fields and mountains. Experience in western Crete the Lefka Ori Mountains, and admire the famous Samaria gorge and steep cliffs. Smell the herbs in the fields and taste the flavours of locally produced products.
Arrival at Heraklion’s airport Nikos Kazantzakis. After completing the car rental formalities starts your self-drive South & West Crete.
Unwind on the sandy beach of Matala with a string of shops, taverns and bars. Drive in the Messara plain to visit the Minoan palace of Phaestos and the Roman town of Gortys. Inspiring is a visit to the Kalivianni convent, which has a social character by offering shelter for girls and elderly. Do not miss the mountain village of Zaros with its lake and trout farms. The hike in the Rouvas gorge starts here!
Departure with luggage
Enjoy the beautiful views on the Libyan Sea when driving to western-Crete. Stop at Spili and see the spring with the Venetian lions heads. Be impressed of the Kourtaliotiko gorge with its mysterious sound of the wind blowing through. Visit the beautiful located Preveli monastery and make a noon break at the coastal town Plakias. Cross gorges and mountains to arrive in western-Crete for the rest stay of your trip.
See attractive villages in the outskirts of Lefa Ori mountains, and relax on one of the striking beach from Gramvousa, Falassarna or Elafonissi. Go to the picturesque city of Chania and walk the romantic alleys, visit the vibrant market hall and relax near the Venetian port. Hania.
Drive up to Xyloskalon to see the entrance of the Samaria gorge, with 18 km Europe’s longest gorge. Hiking is an option too
Departure day. Drive to the airport drop off rental car.